Media Advisory


04 October 2022, Pretoria - GautengOctober is set aside as Social Development Month and the department aims to reach out to poor and vulnerable communities who depend on social development services to survive and improve their lives. 


The Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, will on Thursday - 06 October, update the country on the Child Support Grant (CSG) Top-Up and the R350 COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant as well as the plans the department has to ensure that the country is aware of the available services it offers.


This year, Social Development Month, is being commemorated under the theme, United in the Fight Against Poverty and Other Social ills,” and the Minister will use this opportunity to highlight the eligibility and criteria for South Africans to access the CSG, which is not necessarily a new grant - but an additional amount to the basic Child Support Grant for orphans in the care of relatives. She will also provide an update on the R350 COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant.


On the same day, the Department of Social Development, will host a Sexual and Reproductive Health Justice (SRJ) Seminar which seeks to ensure that the marginalised and vulnerable have the power, and resources, to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality and reproduction.


The seminar will, amongst other issues - reflect on the highlights from the Nairobi Summit as fully explained in the ICPD25 Report (2021) titled: ‘No Exceptions, No Exclusions: Realising Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice for All.’ 


Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the two engagements scheduled as follows:




Date: Thursday, 06 October 2022

Time: 10h00

Venue: 1035 Schoeman Street, Tshedimosetso House, GCIS in Hatfield, Pretoria 




Date: Thursday, 06 October 2022

Time: 09h30 – 16h30

Venue: The Lakes Hotel and Conference Centre, Benoni - Gauteng  


Media can RSVP to Mr Jaconia Kobue on 063 249 5120 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Ms Nomfundo Xulu-Lentsoane on 066 480 6845 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   




Media enquiries may be forwarded to Ms Lumka Oliphant on 083 484 8067/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Pretoria, 30 September 2022: The Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, MP, is calling all relatives who are caring for orphaned children to come forward and apply for CSG Top-Up at their nearest South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) offices. 


The ‘Top-Up’ is an additional amount of R240 that is added to the standard CSG amount of R480. This means that a relative caring for an orphaned child; specifically, a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle, aunt or cousin of the child, can now receive a higher valued Child Support Grant per month of R720, instead of the standard Child Support Grant (CSG) amount of R480.


It is important to note that the CSG Top-Up is not a new grant, but an additional amount to the basic Child Support Grant. The same eligibility criteria that apply to the CSG will therefore also apply to the CSG Top-Up. The only additional proof required is proof that the child is an orphan. To prove this, caregivers will need to submit death certificates of the child’s parents. If they only have one death certificate because they do not know the other parent or do not know whether the other parent has passed on or alive, they can complete an affidavit at SASSA Offices, which explains this matter. 


The Minister desires that all caregivers of orphans to know that the CSG Top-Up is available now at all SASSA offices and relatives do not need a social worker report or a court order to access it. We are using the successful and easily accessible CSG programme to reach orphans so that relatives caring for orphans have speedy access to an adequate social grant to cover the child’s basic needs. Increasing the amount of the Child Support Grant for orphans is government’s latest investment aimed at creating a better life for children living in poverty.


Minister Zulu said, “the CSG currently reaches over 13 million children living in poverty. It is government’s most successful social protection programme in terms of coverage and positive impact for children. The Department just completed a review of child poverty and the Child Support which has revealed that as the CSG was expanded to reach more children over the years of 2003 to 2013, the child food poverty decreased by 20 percentage points from 53% to 33% over the same period.  This recent review and numerous previous empirical studies have proven that increased government investments in children’s grants have resulted in improved outcomes for children in the areas of poverty, health, nutrition, and education.”


Many relatives caring for orphans are already receiving the CSG of R480. But for many households this may not be enough to provide for the child’s basic nutritional needs as it is below the food poverty line of R624/month. The Department has therefore, introduced the ‘Top-Up’ to increase the amount for orphans to R720. 

This provision was introduced on 01 June 2022 and allows for relatives caring for orphans to have access to an adequate social grant without having to go through the Foster Care System. This means caregivers do not need to see a social worker or get a court order to apply for the CSG Top-Up which will ensure that all orphans living in poverty receive an adequate social grant speedily. 

A related caregiver who is caring for an orphaned child and is already receiving a R480 CSG for that child, can now go to their nearest SASSA office to apply for the Top-Up of R240 to be added to their monthly CSG.

A related caregiver who is caring for an orphaned child that is not yet receiving a CSG for the child in their care, can apply for the Child Support Grant and the Top-Up at the same time.


It is anticipated that the application process, verification and payment would be processed within a month to ensure that relatives caring for orphans receive their social grants speedily. 


Note: The only caregiver that needs to see a social worker before they can approach SASSA are children under 18 years who are looking after their orphaned siblings in a Child Headed Households. Before they approach SASSA, they need to see a social worker who will assess their situation, complete a form in terms of s137 of the Children’s Act, and provide them with the extra support they need due to not having an adult in the household.




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Media Statement


23 September 2022, Bombela – Mpumalanga: Engaging at the unveiling of the newly-built Hlayisani Disability Centre of Hope, community members of Khumbula Village expressed their gratitude for this multipurpose centre. 


One of them was Richard Nkosi, a 59-year-old who is wheelchair bound. “This facility is one of the kind and it will be beneficial for not only this community but the whole of Mpumalanga because it even has sleeping facilities for those who would be travelling from far to seek professional

assistance,” he said.


His views were echoed by Solomon Sandleni (49) who was further impressed by the fact that the centre will have a permanent social worker stationed there to service both the disabled and enabled. “Although the centre is specifically for persons with disabilities, I think the mission to also allow our fully-enabled family members to seek assistance is thoughtful. Looking after a disabled person can be traumatic,” he said.


In the build-up to Social Development Month in October, a service-delivery campaign to impact on the lives of poor South Africans through outreach programmes, the Deputy Minister of Social Development, Mme Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, today, unveiled the Hlayisani Disability Centre of Hope to residents of Khumbula Village in Mpumalanga.


Accompanied by the Enhlanzeni District Municipality MMC Cllr Selina Sekgobela,

representatives from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), MTN, local Traditional

Leadership and stakeholders, the Deputy Minister handed over the first phase of the

Hlayisani Centre of Hope, which will benefit persons residing in Khumbula Village and

remote areas around Mpumalanga Province.


The centre, which operates as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), approached the NLC to assist with the construction of a multipurpose disability centre of excellence.


The centre will be utilised for provision of rehabilitation, early childhood development, sports and recreation as well as skills development services.


In addition, services provided by the Hlayisani Centre of Hope will include information on government support services for persons with disabilities and platforms to enable them to apply for various public services positions. This is the first disability centre of its kind in the province of Mpumalanga.


“The Department of Social Development understands the unique barriers and

challenges that people with disabilities face and is committed to providing leadership in

fostering an inclusive society that values its members in a fair manner,” said the Deputy

Minister affirming that such initiatives require champions within the Community.


Pastor Maria Muhari, the founder and chairman of the board of Hlayisani, expressed why Hlayisani holds a special place in her heart and why she gave up 8 hectares of her own family land for this establishment to be built. “After I was raped at the age of 16 by transgressors in this community where I grew up, I vowed not to ever return but as I grew up, although violated, I decided to ensure that I initiate a place of refuge for victims of Gender-Based Violence. This centre will restore dignity for many children and youth who remain hidden from communities because of their disability,” she said.


During Social Development Month, the department aims to enhance its commitment by reaching out to communities in need of social services through a portfolio approach which integrates services of its two entities - the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and the National Development Agency (NDA).


By bringing together government, the private sector and the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to share service delivery responsibilities - the department has a vision of inclusive growth that binds all sectors to strive towards a goal of breaking barriers. The NLC, represented by Mr Mzwandile Ngubane, affirmed that NLC would play its role in creating a better South Africa for all. “We are deliberate and intentional in ensuring that development takes place where people are. Development must be accessible to avoid people having to travel long distances to access help,” he said urging the youth and the broader community to take the opportunity and reach out to them to apply for funding

towards projects to uplift their communities.


MTN also pledged their support for the Hlayisani Centre of Hope and will in the near future install interactive white boards and donate laptops and projectors. They gifted the centre with modems to connect up to 30 people and 24 months’ network connectivity which will enable online training.


The first phase of this disability centre comprises assessment rooms, training centres, a conference room, a kitchen and fully fitted bedrooms to service community members from surrounding remote villages. 


The department continues to provide services to people with disabilities including

developing the necessary policies, mainstreaming disability in the department’s

programmes and implementing empowerment and awareness-raising projects. This is in line with the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which embraces and calls for the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities.



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Media Advisory


Pretoria, 25 September 2022: In pursuit of improving efficient delivery of social services to South Africans in far flung areas of the country, the Deputy Minister of Social Development, Mme Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, will from Monday, 26 until Wednesday, 28 September, be spearheading outreach campaigns in Kimberley, Northern Cape.


The Deputy Minister will on her first day in Kimberley, conduct a Know Your Status campaign with local faith based Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs), to remind them about the importance of compliance with the NPO Act of 71 OF 1997 and the implications thereof. 


This she will embark on to assist non-compliant NPOs to remain registered with the Department of Social Development so they may render essential services to poor communities.


On the second day, she will handover Kutlwano Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre in partnership with Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and CIPLA Foundation. Kutlwano Early Childhood Development centre was originally housed in a corrugated iron shack. 


Through the partnership with Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu, ACSA, in collaboration with CIPLA Foundation funded a new state of the art structure at a total cost of over Four Million Rand. 


The Deputy Minister will as part of building up a momentum for decriminalization of Sex Work in South Africa, conclude her three-day service delivery visit by conducting Sex Workers Dialogue to interact directly and hear issues, hardships and experiences of Sex Workers in Kimberley and remote areas. 


These activities form part of the build-up to the Social Development Month campaign which seeks to reach out and deliver social services to poor South Africans across the country through a coordinated portfolio approach.


Members of the media are invited to attend and cover Deputy Minister’s engagements planes as follows:



DATE: Monday, 26 September 2022

TIME: 09:30

VENUE: Horseshoe Inn, Kimberley, Northern Cape



DATE: Tuesday, 27 September 2022

TIME:  09h00

VENUE: Greenpoint in Kimberley, Northern Cape



DATE: Wednesday, 28 September 2022

TIME: 10h00

VENUE: Kimberley, Northern Cape


Media can RSVP by contacting Ms Makhosazana Mavuso on 0727329381 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     




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Media Statement


08 September 2022


Peddie, Eastern Cape: The Deputy Minister of Social Development, Mme Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, will conclude the 9-9-9 Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) campaign in Kokstad - KwaZulu-Natal, tomorrow - 9 September 2022. 


Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu has been going around the country educating communities, especially pregnant women, about the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant. 


Today, 8 September 2022, she was joined by the Eastern Cape MEC for Social Development - Ms Bukiwe  Fanta, talking to the community of Peddie about FASD. 


Each of the speakers called for a coordinated approach to dealing with the prevention of FASD and the support of families who may have disabled children as a result of this preventable condition. 



Nobuntu Botha (54), a caregiver, testified during the dialogue that she is looking after her grandchild who now has learning difficulties and she suspects that this may have been a result of the mother who took alcohol while she was pregnant. She explained that she struggled to integrate the child and find a suitable school but through the assistance of social workers, her grandchild is now at school. 


Botha was part of the dialogue facilitated by the deputy minister who has been moving from province to province from 1 September  - taking the 9-9-9 Campaign to communities throughout the country.  


This campaign happens over a period of nine consecutive days, in all the nine provinces leading up to 9 September which is International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder day. It seeks to mobilise communities to protect unborn babies by educating pregnant women and women of child-bearing age to avoid alcohol while pregnant or breastfeeding. 


FASD Day is commemorated each year at nine minutes past nine on the ninth day of the ninth month (September) drawing attention to the fact that women should not drink alcohol while pregnant.


It is part of the coordination and implementation of the National Drug Master Plan (NMDP 2019-2024) which aims to build a society free of alcohol and drug abuse. 


According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), South Africa has the highest reported FASD prevalence rate in the world. It is estimated that the country’s overall rate is at least 6%. There is no treatment for FASD but it can be prevented if women do not drink during pregnancy. The deputy minister was joined by the Central Drug Authority, traditional leaders, the EC liquor board, child activists, community members and pregnant women. 


The deputy minister will commemorate FASD day in Kokstad, Kwazulu-Natal and members of the media are invited to join and cover the day organised as follows: 


Date: 9 September 2022

Venue: Kokstad Town Hall, Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal Province

Time: 08:30


Media can RSVP by contacting Ms. Makhosazana Mavuso on 072 732 9381 or on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Media enquiries may be directed to Ms. Lumka Oliphant on 083 484 8067 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.